Legspinner Alana King is set to make her international debut for the Ashes Women after being included in Australia’s 15-player squad for the series.
- Amanda-Jade Wellington was expected to earn a spot for the Ashes women but was ruled out in favor of Alana King
- Wellington has won 22 wickets at 15.72 in this season’s WBBL
- Fast NSW Stella Campbell also missed despite recent good form
Hosts will be boosted by the return of veteran trio Rachael Haynes, Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen to the series against England, which includes three Twenty20s, three ODIs and one Test.
King, who was part of the Perth Scorchers’ Big Bash League women’s team this season, could make his debut at the opening of the T20 series on January 20 at Adelaide Oval.
The injury-related absence of tweakers Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux left the selectors with a huge appeal to make.
Adelaide Strikers leg player Amanda-Jade Wellington, who won 22 league wickets at 15.72 in her team’s WBBL campaign, emerged as the favorite to fill the void.
But Wellington, who played an Ashes Test in 2017, has instead been selected for a 15-man Australian A team that will face England A in six whiteball games that straddle the Ashes.
“It has been a difficult selection process with so many players coming out of strong WBBL tournaments, but we are confident we have selected a balanced and complete squad with players who can play in all three formats,” said national coach Shawn Flegler. .
“Alana King … [has] a great opportunity to show what she can do at this level.
“Having improved in every facet of her game over the past few seasons, she is well positioned to play a significant role in the series.”
Asked what more Wellington could have done to reclaim a place on the squad, Flegler said it was more about the style of leg rotation each player has to offer.
“It was a tough decision and we’ve been talking about it for a while, but it all depends on what role we want the legpinner to play.
“We thought Alana would be able to play a role similar to what Georgia was already doing, but I told all players that they need to be ready with COVID in play in case they need it.”
Flegler said the same is true of some of the other players who have been demoted from the senior squad to Australia’s A squad like Georgia Redmayne, Stella Campbell, Maitlan Brown and Molly Strano.
“Although these players missed the Indian Series due to a decrease in squad size, we know they will be able to lead the way with the A squad and can fit right into the team if the opportunity arises. “
Campbell’s exclusion was particularly surprising given that she made history against ACT with 7-25 in NSW’s big WNCL win at Manuka Oval earlier this week.
The numbers were the best in Breakers’ WNCL history and the second best of any player in tournament history.
Australia were hoping Molineux would be fit in time for the ODI World Cup in New Zealand, which immediately follows the Ashes.
Wareham will miss this tournament and the Commonwealth Games due to his knee injury.
Australia squad for Ashes: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (capt), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck.
Australia Team A: Georgia Redmayne (capt), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Phoebe Litchfield, Katie Mack, Courtney Sippel, Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Georgia Voll, Amanda-Jade Wellington .
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